In early July The Daily Weekly told you about 29-year-old Yevgeniy M. Samsonov, a Tacoma man facing charges of attempted theft and insurance fraud after allegedly lying about the death of his cat ... which never existed. Samsonov was accused of trying to swindle PEMCO Insurance out of $20,000 by filing a bogus claim, contending that his beloved feline (which, again, never existed - totally fake cat) was killed in a 2009 automobile accident. Authorities say they caught on to Samsonov's scheme when they discovered the photos he'd provided of his purported pet didn't match, and were actually just stock photos from the internet.
At the time these were simple (and, admittedly, humorous) allegations. But these days use of the word "alleged" is no longer required - as Samsonov is scheduled to be sentenced for his crime Monday in Pierce County court.
But now there's more to the story. Representatives for the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner say this isn't the only fake-dead-animal related claim Samsonov has been involved with. Rich Roesler, who handles public affairs for the Insurance Commissioner, says Samsonov tried the exact same scheme with a fictional dead parrot.
Who doesn't love a story about a fake dead cat insurance claim and a possible fake dead parrot insurance claim? No one I care to associate with.
And I'm certainly not alone. The story was enough to inspire commenter toro.mierda to chime in.
This guy sounds like a doofus for sure. And I get the impression that but for a lack of technical prowess in being able to source 2, non photo stock pictures of the dearly, ceased to be, he would have hit paydirt.